Bleak, deep and curiously comforting
I’ve been devotedly in thrall to the pared down, often stripped to the bone, music of Arvo Part, for some years. 687 more words
“We waved farewells until the ancient ruin on the rock shut out the white walls of the hotel and the figure of our hostess. Ten miles away Waternish Point lay low to the sea in a faint haze. 787 more words
A razzle-dazzle Rattle-Battle!
A youngish Simon Rattle recorded this thrilling version of John Adams equally thrilling Harmonielehre in 1993, (and it was released in 1994) well in the middle of his tenure with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and it is a stunning, exhilarating ride. 723 more words
Truth trapped in a pressure cooker
This extraordinary piece of music (the 5th Symphony – Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, 1960 recording) is here given a wondrous interpretation – though I do have one cavil (more of which later) 969 more words